Many interstitial cystitis (IC) patients find food diaries helpful in determining which foods may be bothersome and which foods do not bother their IC. By writing down the foods, when, and how much you ate of certain foods, you can begin to figure out foods that are okay to eat and foods to limit. A food and symptom diary can also be helpful to determine which foods might trigger a longer-lasting IC flare and which foods might be soothing during a flare. It is also helpful to track other factors that might impact your symptoms, such as stress, exercise, sexual activity, voiding patterns, supplements, medicines, and other treatments.
Keeping a food diary is simple. Start by recording the foods you eat, at what time, and in what quantity, throughout the day. Record these foods in either a notebook you can carry with you, a print out a diary from the internet, or use a web-based diary.
Sample food diaries:
Accurately determining which foods are the least and most bothersome for you can be an ongoing process, with new foods being added to the list as you try new foods in your daily life. Keeping a food diary and having an understanding of which foods you can eat and which foods to avoid helps you to eat a healthy diet and learn how to live comfortably with IC.
More on logging food choices and IC symptoms:
Revised April 11, 2011